The leadership in Turkey is showing its true colors, following the publication by the leading Turkish Daily, Cumhuriyet, of the latest Charlie Hebdo front cover, which portrays the Prophet Mohammed.
Tiurkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters in Ankara on Thursday that he condemned the publication of the image, calling it an “open provocation,” adding, “Freedom of the press does not mean freedom to insult.”
In other words, Prime Minister Davutoglu is not in favor of free speech, or freedom of the press at all, even though he heads a country that is considered to be Democratic.
While it’s a well-known fact that Davutoglu and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are pious Muslims, aligning themselves with an ancient form of Islam, they are now showing who’s side they are really on, when it comes to the clash of ideologies between the democratic West and totalitarian Islam.
As the Prime Minister said in no uncertain terms to reporters, “We do not allow any insult to the prophet in this country. As the government, we cannot put side by side the freedom of press and the lowness to insult.”
Not allowing any insult to the prophet in Turkey is tantamount to an authoritarian and oppressive closed regime, and flies directly in the face of everything democracy and the West stand for.
And to fuel the flames of hate and division even further, Davutoglu even claimed that printing such images is an “open provocation,” stopping just one step short of condoning the recent Charlie Hebdo massacre of 12 innocent people.
“If some print cartoons that insult the prophet — and this is the situation and there is a sensitivity in Turkey — it is a provocation… it is an open provocation,” he ranted.
Although the Prime Minister seems a little confused as to which side he is on, since he also condemned the Paris Massacre. “We are determined to protect the honour of the prophet the same way as we are determined in our stance against terrorism in Paris… It is not correct to link this to the freedom of the press.”
Following the publication by the Turkish daily of the images, staff at their offices reported that the phone was ringing off the hook for most of the day and that numerous death threats were received.